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Paul is a Senior Associate Ecologist, and heads our Hawai‘i office. He combines knowledge of Hawaiian resources with more than 32 years of experience with State and federal environmental regulatory processes. Paul’s latest work with H. T. Harvey & Associates is focused on identifying workable approaches for renewable energy and land management projects in Hawai‘i, and conservation of native and endangered species. Paul’s background includes serving as the head of the Hawai‘i Division of Forestry and Wildlife, where he was responsible for developing and implementing wildlife, forestry, and watershed conservation plans and programs on both State and private lands. He was instrumental in creation of landowner incentive provisions in Hawai‘i’s Endangered Species Act.  

Paul is an experienced project manager/senior wildlife ecologist with over 25 years of experience in conservation and management of natural resources in Hawai‘i. In his career in State Government, Paul worked in all aspects of natural resource management from conducting research and collecting data as a field biologist, to project review, development and management as a wildlife program manager, and agency policy and administration as the head of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife. As the Administrator, he oversaw the operation of the largest land management entity in the State of Hawai‘i, and was responsible for developing and implementing conservation programs and had responsibility for establishing and enforcing laws, rules and regulations for protecting forests, wildlife, and conservation areas throughout the state. Paul was effective in developing and expanding the network of watershed and invasive species partnerships in the State, led his organization in the development of the State of Hawai‘i Wildlife Action Plan, State Forest Action Plan and Legacy Land Conservation Program. He was the coordinator for USFWS and US Forest Service federal grant programs. He was involved in numerous habitat restoration projects including the Hamakua and Kawainui Marsh projects on O‘ahu. 

As a Senior Associate Wildlife Ecologist with H. T. Harvey & Associates, Paul is assisting public and private clients with planning and permitting, and conducting surveys, research and management of wildlife resources. His knowledge of Hawaii resources combined with his experience managing state and federal environmental regulatory processes such as HEPA/NEPA, ESA, HCP/SHA development, and permitting with USFWS, NOAA, DLNR, and USACE, is particularly helpful in implementing complex projects. He worked as the lead project consultant on the update of the Hawai‘i’s State Wildlife Action Plan and State Forest Action Plan, and the management plan for the He‘eia National Estuarine Research Reserve on O‘ahu. He also worked with the Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association, DOFAW and USFWS to develop a scientifically sound and operationally practical protocol for protecting Hawaiian Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus semotus) during forest harvest.   Paul was a leader in national and regional Associations of State Fish and Wildlife and Forestry Agencies, and served on the state and federal Joint Task Force on Endangered Species Policy Review. Paul also worked for the Guam Division of Aquatic & Wildlife Resources and the Arizona Game and Fish Department, and is a member of the Society of American Foresters and National Wildlife Society, and is a Certified Professional Wildlife Biologist.

 

Paul J Conry, Director

H.T. Harvey & Associates